Grand Opening of the Community Fitness Park

Community Fitness Park - Salem IndianaThe Awareness Washington County (AWC) Class of 2014 is pleased to announce the GRAND OPENING of its class project – the COMMUNITY FITNESS PARK – on Thursday, July 9 at 5 pm. The public is invited and food and drink will be available. Come celebrate the opening of this family friendly park which is located at the corner of Homer and Mill Streets in Salem, Indiana. The Community Fitness Park is in close proximity to the Walking Trail, contains 9 pieces of permanent outdoor exercise equipment and is free to the public.

The Salem Tree Board has generously agreed to provide and plant shade trees at the site. Picnic tables made by local craftsman Jacob Schmidt will be placed amongst the trees.

Further local support has come from equipment sponsors, as well as materials and financial donors; Eddie Gilstrap Motors, John Jones, St. Vincent Salem Hospital, Salem Crossing, GKN, Senior Citizens Center, Jeans Extrusions, Jason Wade State Farm,  City of Salem Parks and Recreation, La Gene’s Jewelers, Quick Seal, Meadowview, Fox Purlee, Knapp Miller Brown, Marshall Monuments, Salem Lumber, Deer Country, Ace Hardware, Ewen Insurance, Anne Terrell and Tom Fultz. Residents of the immediate neighborhood have donated good will, valuable advice and insight as well as tools. The class extends a special thank you to Temple and Temple, who excavated and drilled through rock in order to prepare the site; without their help, the project would have been impossible at its current location. Property was donated by the City of Salem; it was formerly owned and donated by the Tarr family.

The purpose of Awareness Washington County is to develop informed, skilled, and committed civic leadership. The program is designed to assist a diverse group of participants in acquiring a broad understanding of the issues facing the Washington County area, fostering leadership potential, enriching leadership skills, and building relationships that will facilitate collaborative efforts in resolving today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. It is a leadership development experience different from most of the trainings given by companies. AWC helps individuals develop and strengthen their own leadership potential, empowering them to make positive change in the community wherever they see the need. Anyone who lives or works in Washington County is eligible for membership. Contact Marji Morris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Debbie Mildenburger (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details or to join next year’s class.

AWC Class of 2015 Project

For our class project, the AWC Class of 2015, has chosen to lead the way in lighting the walking trail in Salem with Solar LED light posts.

Path LightingOur primary fundraising effort will be to invite individuals, businesses and organizations to consider sponsoring a light post. At this time we are estimating the cost of sponsorship to be $250. If you choose to sponsor a light, an engraved recognition plate would be placed on the light post with your designated message or sponsorship. We will also accept donations to assist with general costs of installation.

The project is in the early stages and we will be testing lights and finalizing details on the size of the recognition plate. We have established a Facebook page to post updates and an email address to provide a contact point if you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring a light. We hope to install the lights in the fall.

This is a great way to honor someone or to promote your organization or business!

If you are interested in sponsoring a light, please leave your contact information with us at our booth at Friday Night on the Square, email us, message us on Facebook or contact one of the class members below.

AWC Class Members: Lisa Aly, Beth Armstrong, Paula Bortka-Wells, Kevin Carty, John Colon, Rob Gilchrist, Regina Goldman, Katrina Humphrey, Karen Libka, Joe Mullinax, Daniel “Skip” Person, Renee Stidham, Stephanie Vines, Beth Walden-Fisher, Mia Williams

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Help Us Light the Way!